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A Spokane police officer fired for lying to a co-worker to obtain the address of a woman he met at a bar told investigators he was going through personal problems and was concerned for the woman’s safety because he’d seen her interacting with a known felon.
Alan Edwards, who was fired in March, said he thought the woman showed interest in him as he left the Sullivan Scoreboard on Dec. 15 to give a friend a ride home. He returned to the bar about midnight and saw the woman talking to another man, whom he described “as a felon kind of bad guy.”
The release of the internal investigation into Edwards (right) comes at the same time officials say Edwards still is under a criminal investigation for his use of unlicensed bounty hunter Dennis Kariores (left) to illegally enter homes.
An unlicensed bounty hunter facing criminal charges for his work with Spokane-area law enforcement is to remain jailed on $250,000 bond, a judge ruled today.
Dennis J. Kariores, 42, returned to Spokane this weekend after he was arrested Feb. 9 in Pensacola, Fla., on a $150,000 warrant for first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping for allegedly using illegal apprehension techniques.
Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno increased Kariores' bond today after Deputy Prosecutor Dale Nagy said he was a flight risk with connections to the bail bond industry. Nagy called for $500,000 bond; Kariores' lawyer, Mark Hodgson, objected, saying Kariores is presumed innocent and had been planning to turn himself in.
“Mr. Kariores was actually at the airport coming back to Spokane to deal with these charges,” Hodgson said. “He got picked up before he could get on the plane.”
Karories is to be arraigned April 10 at 9 a.m. If he does post the $250,000 bond, he's prohibited from contacting Angels or All City bail bond companies, whose employees are involved in Kariores' criminal case.
Kariores left Spokane last year after learning of the investigation, according to court testimony.
Former Spokane police Officer Alan Edwards, who was fired last month, was suspended for two weeks for arranging a ruse with Kariores that involved using a fugitive to help them gain access to a home they were otherwise not legally authorized to enter.
Kariores' criminal charges stem from allegedly unlawful contacts with citizens in February 2010 and August 2010. Other law enforcement officers have admitted to working closely with Kariores. Read much more here.
Kariores has told The Spokesman-Review he was only doing as the police told him.
A woman who said a Spokane police officer she'd met at a bar showed up uninvited at her home told a dispatcher she didn't know how he got her address “and it's kind of creeping me out because he now knows where I live.”
The incident led to Officer Alan Edwards being fired from the Spokane Police Department after officials determined he'd lied to another officer to get the woman's address.
Edwards, who was off duty and drinking at the Sullivan Scoreboard in Spokane Valley when he met the woman, told the officer he was investigating the woman for stealing his friend's debit card.
Spokane County's 911 center released a recording of the woman's phone call Monday after a request by The Spokesman-Review under the state public records act. The call is cut short to protect the woman's identifying information and home address, officials said.
Officials initially described the call as a 911 call, but the recording shows the woman called Crime Check and said she'd met a man the night before at a bar “and he was saying he was a cop.”
“What ended up happening is I came home and probably about 45 minutes later somebody was banging on my door, and this was like at 3:30 in the morning, and it was him,” the woman said “….I'm quite certain he didn't follow me because it was sometime after I got home. It was at least 45 minutes after I got home.”
“He was banging on my door to the point where he woke up my neighbors,” the woman continued. “I have no idea how he found my house, and it's kind of creeping me out because he now knows where I live.”
The incident occurred early Dec. 16. Edwards was fired March 1.
Edwards returned to work last fall after 10 months of paid administrative leave amidst allegations of criminal conduct involving an unlicensed bounty hunter. He was suspended without pay for two weeks for arranging a ruse with a felon that allowed him to access a home without a search warrant.
Bail bondsmen and the unlicensed bounty hunter are are facing criminal charges related to the probe.
A senior Spokane police officer has been fired for misusing city equipment to obtain the home address of a woman he met at a bar.
Alan D. Edwards, 47, had recently returned to the police force from an unrelated suspension when the new complaint was lodged, this time after a woman called 911 in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 16 reporting someone at her door.
It turned out to be Edwards, whom she’d met several hours earlier while at the Sullivan Scoreboard tavern in Spokane Valley.
Edwards, who was off duty, contacted an on-duty officer and said he was investigating a theft and needed the woman’s address. He told the officer, whose name has not been released, he was at a bar when the woman stole his friend’s credit card. But police say Edwards was not investigating a crime - he simply wanted information about the woman for personal purposes.
A Spokane police officer who spent 10 months on paid leave while investigators probed the extent of his working relationship with an unlicensed bounty hunter is back on patrol.
Senior Officer Alan D. Edwards, 47, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing but was found to have violated departmental policy by engineering an improper “ruse” to gain otherwise illegal entry to a Spokane home in 2009 while searching for stolen property. The city ordered him suspended without pay for two weeks and to undergo additional training in criminal procedure and report writing. He also was removed from the SWAT team until the training is completed.